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Definition of nothing pronoun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    nothing

     pronoun
    pronoun
    NAmE//ˈnʌθɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1 not anything; no single thing There was nothing in her bag. There's nothing you can do to help. The doctor said there was nothing wrong with me. Nothing else matters to him apart from his job. It cost us nothing to go in.
  2. 2 something that is not at all important or interesting “What's that in your pocket?” “Oh, nothing.” We did nothing this weekend. see also do-nothing
  3. Idioms
    all or nothing
     
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    used to say that if something is not complete or completely successful, it is not worth anything You have to have a passion for your work—for me, it's all or nothing.
    be nothing to somebody
     
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    to be a person for whom someone has no feelings I used to love her but she's nothing to me anymore.
    be/have nothing to do with somebody/something
     
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    to have no connection with someone or something Get out! It's nothing to do with you (= you have no right to know about it). That has nothing to do with what we're discussing.
      for nothing
       
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    1. 1without payment synonym free She's always trying to get something for nothing.
    2. 2with no reward or result All that preparation was for nothing because the visit was cancelled.
      have nothing on somebody (informal)
       
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    1. 1 to have much less of a particular quality than someone or something I'm a fast worker, but I've got nothing on her!
    2. 2(of the police, etc.) to have no information that could show someone to be guilty of something
    not for nothing
     
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    for a very good reason Not for nothing was he called the king of rock and roll.
    nothing but
     
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    only; no more/less than Nothing but a miracle can save her now. I want nothing but the best for my children.
    nothing if not
     
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    extremely; very The trip was nothing if not varied.
    nothing less than
     
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    used to emphasize how great or extreme something is It was nothing less than a disaster.
      nothing like (informal)
       
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    1. 1not at all like It looks nothing like a horse.
    2. 2not nearly; not at all I had nothing like enough time to answer all the questions.
    nothing much
     
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    not a great amount of something; nothing of great value or importance There's nothing much in the refrigerator. I got up late and did nothing much all day.
    (there's) nothing to it
     
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    (it's) very easy You'll soon learn. There's nothing to it really.
    stop at nothing
     
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    to be willing to do anything to get what you want, even if it is dishonest or wrong She'll stop at nothing to make money.
    sweet nothings
     
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    romantic words to whisper sweet nothings in someone's ear
    there is/was nothing in something
     
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    something is/was not true There was a rumor she was going to resign, but there was nothing in it.
    there's nothing like something
     
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    used to say that you enjoy something very much There's nothing like a brisk walk on a cold day!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: nothing